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Perimeter Road Music Festival

Enjoy great music acts from across Champaign-Urbana May 4

Perimeter Road Sound Recordings, the student-staffed music record label here at Parkland College, is hosting the first-ever annual Perimeter Road Music Festival this May 4th! This free-admission, all-ages event is packed with great music acts from across Champaign-Urbana as well as featured artists signed to our record label, Perimeter Road Sound Recordings.

In conjunction with the annual Parkland Motorsport Club Car Show, the Perimeter Road Music Festival will have a variety of food trucks to keep festival goers happy and well-fed. In addition, booths and tables hosted by various student-run clubs and organizations will be nearby, allowing anyone visiting the festival to learn more about what Parkland College has to offer.

The festival will take place from noon to 7 pm Saturday, May 4 in the Parkland College B1 parking lot. For more information, visit our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/perimeterrd/), and our Instagram page (@perimeterroad). For business inquiries, email us at perimeterroad@gmail.com or message us on Facebook. See you there!

 

 

Join Us at the Human Library, April 5

Experience real stories. Bring an open mind.

We’ve been told not to judge a book by its cover, for we might miss out on an amazing story. On April 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. in our Student Union, Parkland's Diversity Committee and Office of Human Resources invite you to take a journey with a select group of individuals who will be sharing such amazing stories.

The setting of our first-ever Human Library™ event will be informal, more like a conversation. You, the audience member or 'reader', will have an opportunity to listen to personal stories from these human 'books' on loan to you, with time after the storytelling for questions and dialogue from the audience. 

What are some titles of the books you might borrow? They include “Refugee,” “Broken behind the Badge,” “Muslim in America,” “Black & Queer,” and “Migrant Story,” among others.

The Human Library event is designed to make Parkland College a more inclusive and diverse environment, where people are not judged as one might judge a book by its cover. Instead, the real stories of these human books are meant to challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue, according to humanlibrary.org, the website for this worldwide movement of social change. 

Ready to visit the Human Library? If so, please register for this event by emailing benefits@parkland.edu with the subject line “Human Library.” You will then receive a link to register online and select your books.

All we ask is that you bring yourself—and an open mind.

Suicide Prevention Activities, Events for Fall

September is designated nationally as Suicide Prevention Month

Fall can be a difficult time of year for many, especially for those who experience anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and other conditions. To assist the campus and community, Parkland College's Counseling Services unit will host the following suicide prevention-related events and activities this fall, beginning in September, designated nationally as Suicide Prevention Month.
 
The public is invited to participate in these events taking place on campus and within the community:

The 22 Challenge
Thursday, Sept. 20
11 a.m. | Student Union
Come support our veterans and get your fitness on, as we join together to bring awareness to the importance of suicide prevention in our veteran population. 

Out of the Darkness: Community Walk to Fight Suicide
Saturday, Sept. 22
11 a.m. | Crystal Lake Park
To join Parkland College's team, "Parkland Friends," to donate to support effort, or for more information, please contact Counselor Dennis Cockrum at dcockrum@parkland.edu or 217/369-2190.

National Depression Screening Day
Wednesday, Oct. 17
Noon–1 p.m. | Room U140
Free session includes video, follow-up panel discussion, and free confidential screenings.

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
Saturday, Nov. 17 | Room U140
Registration begins at 8:15 a.m., program starts at 9 a.m.
A gathering of those affected by suicide loss in an effort to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope. 

Fracking First Topic of Kaler Science Talks for Fall

UI engineering professor to discuss benefits of hydraulic fracturing process

The hot-button topic of fracking for oil and gas heads the list of James B. Kaler Science Lectures this fall at the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College.

University of Illinois engineering professor Dr. David N. Ruzic will present "The Truth (and Huge Benefit) Behind Fracking and Pipelines," Friday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. Admission is $2 at the door with Friends of the Staerkel Planetarium admitted free of charge. 

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for gas and oil, and building pipelines to deliver that gas and oil to where it is needed, has led to energy independence for North America and heralded a huge economic boom for the U.S. Yet the average citizen, and especially one who is young, typically holds a negative impression of these two technologies.

Ruzic will explain what fracking and pipelines are, how they are used, why they are beneficial compared to the alternatives, and why common misconceptions persist about the process.

Ruzic is the Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as director of the Center for Plasma Material Interactions. A UIUC faculty member for the last 34 years, he is a Fellow in three different societies and leads an active research group of over 40 people. The university has awarded him the Campus-wide Teaching Award, the College-wide Teaching Award, and several departmental teaching awards. One of his introductory courses on Energy was made into a Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) in Coursera and is available for free on the “Go Illinois” website. Ruzic earned his PhD from Princeton University in 1984.
   
Following Ruzic’s talk, the Staerkel Planetarium will present its newest fulldome feature, “Experience the Aurora,” followed by its "Pink Floyd’s 'The Wall'" show. Tickets for regular programs range from $5 to $6 per person. For a full show schedule, visit the planetarium website or call 217/351-2446. 

Degree Completion Day Set for Oct. 3

Get advice, info on finishing your degree or certificate

Area residents who have not yet completed their Parkland College degrees or certificates are invited to figure out what courses they need to finish them, during a special event Wednesday, Oct. 3.
 
Degree Completion Day will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Parkland's Student Union. Past and current students who want to finish their Parkland College credentials will be able to:

  • receive academic advising

  • confirm their degree program

  • learn how to track their progress toward a degree or certificate

  • see which universities guarantee junior-level transfer status with a completed Parkland credential

  • complete a Petition to Graduate form, if applicable

The event, which includes giveaways and refreshments, will be live-streamed from WPCD FM.
 
For more information on Degree Completion Day, please contact the Office of Admissions at 217/351-2482 or admissions@parkland.edu

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